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SILENCE OF THE SHARKS - December 2015

Did you know? Sharks don't feed on humans. Humans feed on sharks. The official SILENCE OF THE SHARKS video invites you to watch, share and join the campaign to save lives and make a difference!

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Give sharks your voice by visiting our crowdfunding page. click on one of the perks you like to receive as a thank you – it is easy and will help us make a real difference and increase the impact. Not only for sharks and a healthy ocean, but for all of us

SILENCE OF THE SHARKS is making awesome progress. However, to achieve our goal and make the whole world aware of what’s happening with sharks and why they are so important we need more voices. So, we launched a crowdfunding campaign and asking for your support. 
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And as giving feels good, please pass it on! Forward this email to your friends, family and anyone you know. This will change everything.

Thank you very much for your voice. 
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THE VOICE OF CHILDREN 

Children of the world are joining this fascinating and important journey of saving the sharks by drawing the protest banners held underwater during the dive. For this purpose, a competition is held online, inviting all children in all countries and all ages to create their own protest banner and to share it on a dedicated platform established on the SILENCE OF THE SHARKS website. The winning banners will be printed on waterproof ads and will be carried underwater by the protesting divers. 

  The best drawing of them all will be awarding its young creator and one of his parents with an invitation (flights and accommodation) to participate in the event Sponsor by DAN Europe. 


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Eilat, Israel

87 divers speaking up in the name of 70 million sharks
on the first SILENCE OF THE SHARKS protest dive in Eilat, Israel
 
Eilat, December 18th, 2015, sharks of the world were provided with a voice. 87 dedicated divers holding protest posters and escorted by a 2-meter high shark statue, carried out the opening dive of the SILENCE OF THE SHARKS campaign at the Satil wreck in Eilat, Israel. 
SILENCE OF THE SHARKS is a global underwater campaign against shark hunting, initiated by producer David Pilosof in cooperation with shark conservation organizations worldwide. The campaign is composed of a series of mass dives held in many different countries around the world. Each dive is an underwater protest hosting tens or hundreds of divers equipped with waterproof banners and speaking up in the name of sharks. These dives are documented professionally and covered by local and international media in attempt of raising public consciousness, which will eventually and hopefully translate into action.


Image: Razi Livnat

 

The official opening dive of the campaign was successfully carried out in Eilat. Since 87 divers participated at the dive, the logistical operation was quite complicated and challenging. Nir Avni, one of leading professionals in the Israeli diving industry, directed the dive and had it all well planned ahead. Divers were divided into groups of 10 and each group was led by an experienced diving instructor. A detailed briefing was followed by a live dry rehearsal, ensuring that each diver is familiar with his or her role underwater. A festive ceremony was then held, announcing the official opening of the campaign, after which divers began to gear up and head out into the water. 
During the ceremony, a 2-meter high statue of the project's logo, created by artist Shlomo Cohen and printed by Massivit 3D Printing Technologies, was introduced on stage. As soon as the ceremony concluded, a group of divers lifted the shark and carried it into the water. During the dive, the begging-shark statue served as the anchor of all divers.

Image: Mike Fuller
 
The first SILENCE OF THE SHARKS dive has concluded. Similar underwater protests will follow in many countries during the following year, providing sharks with the loudest voice throughout the most silent protest.
Israeli delegations have begun carrying out protest dives in exotic dive sites, such as Cuba and Cocos Islands. Additional dives have already been announced by other countries. For instance, the Sardine Run in South Africa will be hosting divers speaking up in the name of sharks just as they have their best feast in the background. Please consider this as an official invitation to join the dive on June 4th, 2016.
The final “D-Dive” and the largest underwater protest will be held in October 22, 2017, hosting more than 500 divers from all over the world at the Mediterranean Sea and will be live broadcasted using an innovative, sophisticated and challenging technological operation.


Image: Razi Livnat
 
This abuse must be detained at once. I hereby call out to all divers worldwide to join us on this campaign. Follow us on Facebook, join the organized SILENCE OF THE SHARKS campaign and initiate more dives on your own." 
“70 million sharks are hunted every year all over the world”, he summarizes. “They cannot speak. But we can. And now, we finally are."
 
 

Image: Henry Eshkenazi
 
 
 
December 18th, 2015